Ann took my first novel, The Magpie's Nest, to the next level,
something that I could not have managed on my own. So, when
the praise flooded in about how well written it was, and the book
reviewer from The West Australian newspaper commented on
my "snappy, sassy prose", I had to tip my hat to Ann's keen
editing eye. I also sent Ann the manuscript to the sequel,
Cat's Miaow
(to be released in late 2017), and again she has
given my work the polish and shine it needed.’

Jacqueline Perry

'Ann is an amazing mentor who is generous with her time and
advice. As well as being positive and enthusiastic, Ann always
provides constructive and detailed feedback on how I can
improve. I found her advice on plotting and characterisation to
be particularly helpful. She has bolstered my confidence as well
as my writing skills and I feel lucky to have found her.'  

Danika Hall  
Charlotte Waring Barton Award 2016 / CBCA HarperCollins
Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program

‘Ann Harth has been an invaluable help to me in my writing
journey. From when she and I first met at the inaugural Allen and
Unwin Children’s Manuscript development program in 2009, I
knew she was someone who would make an excellent editor and
manuscript assessor. She understood my story immediately and
was able to offer insightful and constructive advice as to how to
improve it. I would class myself as very much a beginner writer in
those days, and Ann’s approach to critiquing was sensitive and
encouraging. She has since critiqued three more of my stories,
and her constructive comments about my work’s qualities and
weaknesses are always offered in an enthusiastic  and positive
way. Ann offers insightful suggestions on structure, plot and
character development and is a master at picking up when you
begin to ‘tell’, instead of ‘showing’. I would highly recommend
Ann to anyone who is considering having their manuscript
assessed. She will definitely help you improve your writing, and
will hopefully develop your manuscript towards successful
publication, as she did mine.’

Samantha Wheeler

Mr Cassowary (University of Queensland Press 2015)
Spud & Charli (University of Queensland Press 2014)
Smooch & Rose (University of Queensland Press 2013)
‘Ann has helped uncover the best possible book from my raw
manuscript. She's done this by not only using her expert
knowledge on structure, grammar and style, but also provided
me with helpful advice throughout. She ensured that at the end
I had the tools to help myself in the future and understood
completely why she made the changes she did. My novel
originally blew out by over twenty five thousand words, but she
helped me tighten the prose to reveal a book that flows well from
start to finish. I found her to be extremely helpful, timely,
generous in her knowledge and would you believe it – a kind and
friendly editor. I don't think I can now publish a novel without
having Ann take a look. I recommend her services to all my
friends and will definitely be using her in the future.’

Lana Pecherczyk

Hunting for Witches (2015)

‘I have worked on my writing with Ann Harth as a mentor for
several years, across a number genres ranging from non-fiction,
writing for children and adolescents, and most currently,
historical fiction. Ann has guided me throughout my writing
journey, from a completely nervous novice, to a writer who is
soon to seek publication for her first novel. I definitely could not
have achieved this without the mentoring I have received from
Ann. She is very professional, extremely efficient, and also very
funny! Ann provides a great depth of knowledge and experience
in writing, is always highly constructive and honest in her advice,
however never hesitates to point out the positives in your writing
and is a great cheer squad. I would not hesitate to recommend
Ann Harth to anyone seeking mentoring, whatever stage of your
writing journey you are at. I call her my Literary Legend!’

Rachael K

‘I can barely describe how incredible working with Ann has been.
Not only is her Full Assessment affordable - which was perfect
for my tight budget - but she also returned it very quickly! I have
had a few professionals gaze over my work, but Ann has proven to
be the best suited for me. Her comments were easy to understand,
and she described her reasons for the constructive criticism that
my work desperately needed, clearly and with precision. She
helped me to realise that the flaws in my story weren’t the end of
the world. I honestly can’t recommend her enough and look
forward to working with her in the future. :)’

Keira W

‘Ann is awesome. Her comments on my writing have been a
crucial part of my learning. She never criticised, she gently held
my hand and sprinkled me with a shower of her knowledge. I will
take her wisdom with me and, throughout my writing career, it
will be her that I thank.’

Francine H

‘As a consultant I spend most of my life rewriting my work and it
is very clear that I have a lot of room for improvement. One of the
best things about working with Ann is that I get to see my work
through the eyes of a professional who understands writing and
isn't simply changing words to make her mark on the work.’

Claire Savage

Managing Director

‘The changes Ann made definitely tightened up the writing and I
can clearly see how it improves the flow. Her feedback is
invaluable and it’s truly amazing how much I have learned.’

Heather M

‘Ann gave me the confidence I needed to actually put what I
wanted down on paper. Her support and constant stream of
advice has helped build my confidence and really become
excited about finishing this story. She helped everything come to
life and I will be eternally grateful for that.’

Esther D

‘…  I cannot believe how much I have learnt and how much of an
improvement I see within my own work. All of Ann’s feedback
was fantastic and gratefully received.’

Katherine H

‘I don't think I could have brought myself to this point of creativity
without Ann. She has been such a strong influence for me. She
has inspired me and shown me how this process of writing brings
insight and a real sense of achievement.’

Susanna W

‘Talk about striking gold! Her insights, comments and
suggestions were embarrassingly close to what I had always
meant to write, but never quite did. In addition to the formal
aspect of my studies, there were a number emails that were the
electronic equivalent of tutor - student “chats”. Ann encouraged
this conversation and was always understanding and supportive
of what I wanted to do and how I was going to get there. Thanks
Ann. It was a great two years.’

Tony H

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